Babak Barcohana, MD

Babak Barcohana, MD

Specializes in the surgical and nonsurgical treatment of Spinal Disorders involving the Neck, Back, and Spine, utilizing Microsurgical and Minimally Invasive Techniques.


Fellowship-Trained Spine Surgeon

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Dr. Barcohana specializes in the surgical and nonsurgical treatment of spinal disorders involving the neck and back, utilizing microsurgical and minimally invasive techniques.

Dr. Barcohana grew up in Los Angeles, California. He attended UCLA and graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude, with college honors earning a bachelor's degree in neuroscience.

After graduating from UCLA, Dr. Barcohana earned his medical degree from the University of California at San Francisco. While attending UCSF, he became interested in orthopedic surgery through his involvement in research in the field. After graduating from UCSF Medical School, he completed his internship in general surgery at UCLA.

Following his training in general surgery, Dr. Barcohana attended Stanford University where he completed his residency in orthopedic surgery. While at Stanford, he developed a passion for spinal surgery and the management of spinal disorders. As a resident, he continued to be involved in research and volunteer activities. During this time, he traveled to Nicaragua to provide surgical care to pediatric and adult patients with orthopedic disorders without access to medical care.

Dr. Barcohana has fellowship training in spinal surgery, completing his specialty training at Southern California Orthopedic Institute. In addition to gaining expertise in innovative surgical techniques, he specialized in complex spinal surgery involving the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. Subsequently, Dr. Barcohana joined the staff at SCOI. He has a special interest in minimally invasive techniques, which allow for shorter recovery times, reduced post-operative pain, less muscle injury, and a more rapid return to the normal activities of daily living.

In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Barcohana remains actively involved in education and research in the field of orthopedics and spinal surgery. Throughout the course of his career, he has published multiple scientific papers and has lectured extensively in the field. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and the North American Spine Society.

In his free time, Dr. Barcohana enjoys playing soccer and golf and spending time with family and friends.

Dr. Barcohana is available to see patients in the Van Nuys and Valencia offices.

Dr. Barcohana was awarded a “People Love Us On Yelp” Award for 2016. Please click here to learn more about this award.


  • Independent Medical Examinations
  • Qualified Medical Examinations
  • Back
  • Neck
  • Spine
  • Personal Injury


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Practice Coordinator: (818) 901-6600 Ext. 3202

Surgery Scheduler:  (818) 901-6600 Ext. 3202

Fax: (818) 901-4573

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QME: Yes

“I would strongly recommend Dr. Barcohana to anyone considering back surgery. I was 79 years old and had been suffering from back pain for a number of years. After therapy didn’t help, I decided that I needed to take stronger action. My doctor recommended I see Dr. Barcohana, who proceeded to thoroughly examine me through my MRI, x-rays, bone scan, and nerve testing. From the beginning, I was impressed with his careful and cautious examination. After thorough testing, he informed me I was a good candidate for surgery. At first, I was reluctant, having heard so many problem stories about back surgery. However, I was losing strength in my legs and kept falling. After consulting several medical professionals, I decided to have the surgery. Dr. Barcohana and his staff were efficient and thorough in preparing me for surgery, and they supported my confidence. The morning after surgery, I was up and walking. I was released from the hospital in three days, and although I had some discomfort in the surgery area, the pain was nothing compared to what it had been before surgery. After three months, my scar is practically invisible, I feel completely pain free and am regaining all my strength back. The quality of my life has vastly improved and I look forward to enjoying the activities I did before my back problems. I will be forever grateful to Dr. Barcohana for what seems like a miracle.  ”
– Clp
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